Articles Patents (Class 66/170)
  • Patent number: 11001948
    Abstract: A warp knitted fabric formed by a warp knitting machine includes a first knitted portion formed using a first knitting sequence in a machine direction and a formed using a second knitted portion formed using a second knitting sequence in the machine direction, the second knitted portion comprising at least two strips extending in the machine direction, the at least two strips being detached from one another along their lengthwise edges. The second knitted portion has the same width as the first knitted portion, and the first knitted portion and the second knitted portion alternate sequentially in the machine direction and are formed of a single set of continuous textile strands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignees: Duke University, North Carolina State University
    Inventors: Howard Levinson, James Brian Davis, Don Ward, Jon Rust
  • Patent number: 10973341
    Abstract: A textile comprising: i) a fabric including a laced region associated with a surface of the textile; and ii) a thread inlaid through a plurality of points proximate a perimeter of the laced region. Tightening the thread causes opposite sides of the laced region to be cinched together, thereby forming the laced region into a flap associated with a second surface of the textile opposite the first surface. The textile further comprises a listing wire disposed in the flap. The fabric forms a plurality of perforations within the laced region. The listing wire may be accessed by an attachment device through at least one of the plurality of perforations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Paul W. Alexander, Nancy L. Johnson, Janet C. Robincheck, Daniel W. Booth, Heidi H. Mcadoo-Wilson, Neil Tagner
  • Patent number: 10717351
    Abstract: This provides a system and method for constructing and employing a wire carrier for use in reinforcing the attachment channel of weather seals that includes an expansion and compression resisting element located along at least one bending axis of the carrier when it is folded and molded into the attachment channel of the weather seal. The resisting element can be combined with warp yarns that allow limited expansion and compression along other axes, but in combination with the element prevent collapse of the seal that results in and uneven surface and/or visible kinks. The resisting element can comprise at least one undulating (sinusoidal) wire that is attached (e.g. by welding, soldering, etc.) to the individual crossing carrier wires. Alternatively, the resisting element can comprise another type of structure, such as a thin metal or polymer strip. Likewise, the undulating wire(s) can be constructed from a polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Hope Global, division of NFA Corp.
    Inventors: Roland L. A. Paris, Ildeberto Rosa, Jesus Aguilar
  • Patent number: 10349468
    Abstract: A method for producing a textile sheet heating element includes forming a knitted material and, in one and the same work step, inserting heat conductors as warp threads. Contact conductors that touch the heat conductors are inserted spaced from one another as weft threads or weft thread groups. A warp knitting machine or Raschel machine is used to produce the sheet heating element. The production speed of the knitting or Raschel machine is varied as a function of stitch formation. The warp knitting machine or Raschel machine has a magazine weft insertion system with feeding chains to feed in weft threads and a weft carriage to insert weft threads. Both the feeding chain and the weft carriage are paused for preset periods as a function of stitch formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: KUFNER HOLDING GMBH
    Inventor: Rolf Schumacher
  • Patent number: 10274384
    Abstract: A stitched sensor including a plurality of threads stitched to a textile in a stitch geometry is described. The plurality of threads includes a conductive thread, and the stitch geometry is configured such that an electrical property of the stitched sensor changes based on at least one of stretching, relaxation, or bending of the textile. Methods for forming a stitched sensor are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Regents of the University of Minnesota
    Inventors: Lucy E. Dunne, Guido Gioberto
  • Patent number: 10045579
    Abstract: An article may include a base structure with a strand and an adjustment member. The adjustment member may include a course with a plurality of loops, and the strand of the base structure may be inlaid within the course of the adjustment member adjacent to a first loop and a second loop of the plurality of loops. The adjustment member may be configured to slide along the base structure from a first state to a second state such that the first loop and the second loop define a first loop distance in the first state, and the first loop and the second loop define a second loop distance in the second state. The first loop distance may be greater than the second loop distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan N. Farris, Bruce Huffa
  • Patent number: 9949823
    Abstract: Novel bioabsorbable, universal kits used to form nasal implants are disclosed. The implants are useful in rhinoplasty and nasal reconstruction surgical procedures. The kit devices have a universal configuration and can be converted by the surgeon in the field into one or more individual nasal implant devices having different configurations and applications. The kits may have outlines of nasal implants thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc
    Inventors: Krasimira Hristov, Gaoyuan Gavin Chen, Mark T. Mooney, James A. Matrunich, Jianxin Guo, Emil Richard Skula
  • Patent number: 9877605
    Abstract: A mug cover comprising one or more layers of reusable cloth adapted to conform to a mug having a bottom, wherein the one or more layers of reusable cloth covers at least a portion of the bottom of the mug is disclosed. In one embodiment, the reusable cloth has an opening (e.g., slit or cutout) through which a mug handle may extend. The portion covering the bottom serves as a coaster. Methods of making and providing reusable mug covers are also disclosed. In one embodiment, one or more mug covers are sold in kits, together with dried food products and/or other articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: FLOUNDER LLC
    Inventor: Denise L. Clark
  • Patent number: 9677208
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a knit with outwardly protruding barbs on each of its faces, said knit being obtained by: i) knitting yarns on at least four guide bars, one bar forming a chain leaving one needle free in two; two bars threaded with monofilament yarn generating loops protruding outwards from the faces of said knit; the fourth bar producing the connection between the yarns of the three other bars, ii) thermosetting the knit obtained at i), iii) forming the barbs by melting the loops. The invention also relates to a prosthesis comprising such a knit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Sofradim Production
    Inventor: Alfredo Meneghin
  • Patent number: 9605362
    Abstract: Hybrid elastic cable comprising at least one elastic filament yarn (1) and at least one resistant filament yarn (2), the elastic filament yarn (1), at a maximum rate of elongation of the cable, is found to be wound in a helix around the resistant filament yarn (2) with a specific number of turns per linear meter of the cable (nsE) ranging between nsE?15% and nsE+15%, nsE being determined based on a specific formula, wherein the elastic filament yarn (1) moreover is also twisted about itself with a specific number of distinct turns about itself per linear meter of the cable ranging between nsE and 3×nsE, and the distinct turns about itself of the elastic filament yarn (1) is wound in the opposite direction from that of the said helix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: CALYF
    Inventor: Francis Cour
  • Patent number: 9445883
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a prosthetic knit based on at least a first yarn of biocompatible polymer material defining first and second opposite and openwork faces, and on at least a second biocompatible and heat-fusible monofilament yarn, forming barbs that protrude outwards from at least said first face and are obtained by melting loops generated by said second yarn, the chart followed for the knitting of said first and second yarns on a warp knitting machine having three guide bars B1, B2, B3 being the following, according to the ISO 11676 standard:—Bar B1: 1.0/0.1//—Bar B2: 1.0/7.7/6.6/7.7//—Bar B3: 2.1/5.5/3.4/0.0// said second yarn following the chart of bar B3. The present invention also relates to a process for manufacturing such a knit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Sofradim Production
    Inventors: Julie Lecuivre, Xavier Bourges, Pierre Bailly
  • Patent number: 9445951
    Abstract: An absorbent article, such as a diaper, pant diaper, incontinence garment, incontinence insert, bed protecting sheet or the like intended to absorb and retain body exudates which may include low viscosity fecal materials. The article has an absorbent core (5) and a cover enclosing the absorbent core, the cover having a liquid pervious inner cover (6) on the body facing side of the absorbent core and a liquid impervious cover (7) on the garment facing side of the absorbent core, wherein the inner cover (6) in at least a fecal receiving area has parts of the rear and crotch portions (3, 4) of the article has a three-dimensionally structured hydrophilic fibrous web material (12) having on the body facing surface a plurality of alternating recessed (13) and elevated portions (14), wherein the recessed as well as the elevated portions are hydrophilic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: SCA HYGIENE PRODUCTS AB
    Inventors: Barbro Moberg-Alehammar, Anna Nihlstrand
  • Patent number: 8966942
    Abstract: An electronic transducer comprises a knitted structure extendible in two dimensions defined by its courses and wales. An electro-conductive yarn (4) defines at least one single course in the structure adjacent non-conductive yarns (2), and is to be part of a circuit providing an indication of an electrical characteristic of the yarn. When unextended in either direction, successive loops of the stitches including the electro-conductive yarn are in engagement. Extension of the structure in the course direction separate loops forming the stitches, and extension in the wale direction urges the loops together. The structure can be used in methods of registering extension of the structure in either or both of the course and wale directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventors: Tilak Dias, William Hurley
  • Patent number: 8959959
    Abstract: An article of footwear including a full monofilament upper is described. The full monofilament upper incorporates a knitted component including a monofilament knit element. The monofilament knit element is formed by knitting with a monofilament strand. The monofilament knit element is formed of unitary knit construction with the remaining portions of the knitted component, including peripheral portions that are knit using a natural or synthetic twisted fiber yarn. An inlaid tensile element can extend through the knitted component, including portions of the monofilament knit element. The monofilament knit element may be knitted with a monofilament strand according to a variety of knit structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel A. Podhajny
  • Publication number: 20140352179
    Abstract: An article of footwear incorporates a textile upper. The upper comprises a knitted component. The knitted component may be warp knitted. The knitted component has an outer side and an inner side that can have different knit configurations. The knitted component can also incorporate portions of a single layer construction and portions of a double layer construction. The double layer construction forms pockets on portions of the knitted component. Inserts can be placed into the pockets to provide support, stability, or other desired properties to the portions of the knitted component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Bell, Bhupesh Dua, Julie A. Huffman, Amy Lyttle
  • Patent number: 8881747
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing hoods in the form of hair nets having meshes, creating hoods having a first dimension over the head from front to rear and a second dimension crosswise thereto. A strand (20) of a net having a mesh (23) is created from threads (21). The strand (20) has two longitudinal sides. The number of meshes (23) of the net crosswise to the longitudinal sides corresponds to the number of meshes (11) of the hair net to be produced along the first or second dimension of the hair net. On or neighboring the two longitudinal sides of the strand (20), one elastic thread (22) each is fed into the outer meshes (23) of the net. At specified, regular distances, the two elastic threads (22) are guided together and connected to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Solida AG
    Inventor: Matthias Dietze
  • Publication number: 20140309723
    Abstract: A stent assembly includes a stent and a fiber mesh sleeve covering the stent. A wire runs along the stent over the sleeve and fastened to the stent at multiple points so as to attach the sleeve to the stent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: Eli BAR, Asher HOLZER, Ofir PAZ
  • Patent number: 8850854
    Abstract: A knitted fabric is designed and adapted to fit box springs of varying size. The knitted fabric includes four panels that each includes three layers—a middle layer, a top layer and bottom layer. The knitted fabric is elastic and stretches to fit over the box spring. The four panel construction provides a large opening on the top of the box spring, which allows the knitted fabric to be removed from the box spring without removal of the mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Tipping Point Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Andrew T. Morgan, Donna L. Melvin
  • Patent number: 8852095
    Abstract: Headbands configured to provide pressure against a medical sensor secured to a patient's forehead are provided. The headbands may include one or more low friction materials to enable an elastic band of a tensioning mechanism to evenly stretch. Additionally or alternatively, the headbands may include two or more bands adapted to secure the headband to various portions of a patient's head. Still further, the headbands may be configured to independently vary the pressure created between two or more sensors and the patient's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Friso Schlottau, Sarah Hayman, Charles Haisley, Andy S. Lin
  • Publication number: 20140296909
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method of manufacturing a medical implant or structures for a medical implant. Disclosed is an improved occluder (1), which does not damage the surrounding body tissue. In one embodiment, a method of manufacturing a 3D fabric of strands for forming an occluder is provided. The method comprises intertwining the strands along a length of the 3D fabric for forming a primary 3D fabric structure. The intertwining is non-continuous, i.e. the braiding procedure can be halted, for forming a secondary structure of the 3D fabric without intertwining.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Heipl, Sebastian Tilchner, Kathrin Schmidt, Rüdiger Ottma
  • Patent number: 8844763
    Abstract: A fabric tube has a closed bottom and an open top. The closed bottom forms a semicircular section when unstretched. The tube has a cylindrical section between the open top and the semicircular section. The cylindrical section has a common circumference when unstretched. A tunnel is formed in the open top of the tube. The tunnel is formed by a folded back edge adjacent to the open upper end of the tube. An elastic thread joins the folded back edge of the tube to a portion of the tube there beneath. A cord has a central section within the tunnel. The cord has two free ends extending through end openings to exterior of the tunnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventors: Emilia Momirov, Guy W. Michaud
  • Publication number: 20140273699
    Abstract: A wrappable knit textile sleeve and method of construction thereof are provided. The sleeve includes a wall of knit yarn having opposite edges extending lengthwise along a longitudinal axis of the sleeve between opposite ends with a straightened length of the wall spanning between the opposite ends. The knit yarn includes warp yarns extending generally parallel to the longitudinal axis and weft yarns extending generally transversely to the longitudinal axis. The opposite edges are wrappable into overlapping one another to form a tubular cavity. At least one of the weft yarns is an electro-functional yarn having a straightened length that is greater than the straightened length of the wall, thereby allowing opposite ends of the at least one electro-functional member to be pulled axially outwardly from the opposite ends of the wall to form leads for attachment to a power source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Federal-Mogul Powertrain, Inc.
    Inventors: Zhonghuai Zhang, Tianqi Gao, Cassie M. Malloy, Linwood Ludy
  • Publication number: 20140272224
    Abstract: The present disclosure concerns an elongate self-closing sleeve for protecting elongate members, said sleeve having internal and external opposite faces wherein said sleeve comprises a sound dampening textile substrate and a warp knitted textile stitched to said textile substrate. Said sound dampening textile substrate and said warp knitted textile having first and second longitudinal opposite free edges biased toward each other in order to define an internal space wherein said elongate member could be placed therein, and wherein said warp knitted textile comprises at least one first monofilament yarn that forms laying-in stitches and that is in plastic material(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Anne-Sophie CABOUILLET, Matthew Paul WELSHANS
  • Publication number: 20140260436
    Abstract: A knit tubular sleeve for providing abrasion resistance and expansion restriction to an elastic elongate member extending therethrough and method of construction thereof is provided. The knit tubular sleeve includes a knit tubular wall extending along a longitudinal axis between opposite ends. The knit wall has a plurality of coaxially aligned first regions forming crests spaced axially from one another by intermediate second regions forming troughs between the crests. The first and second regions are knitted over a plurality of courses, with each of the courses comprising a plurality of knit stitches extending circumferentially around the longitudinal axis. The courses of the first regions are formed with a different pattern of knit stitches from the courses of the second regions, wherein the second regions provide the wall with a decreased capacity to expand radially relative to the first regions, thereby inhibiting the elongate member against radial expansion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: FEDERAL-MOGUL POWERTRAIN, INC.
    Inventors: Lucia Della Putta, Lionel Dromain, Zhong Huai Zhang
  • Publication number: 20140248331
    Abstract: Absorbable polyester fibers, braids, and surgical meshes with prolonged strength retention have been developed. These devices are preferably derived from biocompatible copolymers or homopolymers of 4-hydroxybutyrate. These devices provide a wider range of in vivo strength retention properties than are currently available, and could offer additional benefits such as anti-adhesion properties, reduced risks of infection or other post-operative problems resulting from absorption and eventual elimination of the device, and competitive cost. The devices may also be particularly suitable for use in pediatric populations where their absorption should not hinder growth, and provide in all patient populations wound healing with long-term mechanical stability. The devices may additionally be combined with autologous, allogenic and/or xenogenic tissues to provide implants with improved mechanical, biological and handling properties.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Inventors: David P. Martin, Said Rizk, Ajay Ahuja, Simon F. Williams
  • Publication number: 20140245633
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes an upper with a knitted component formed of unitary knit construction. The knitted component has a first edge and a second edge. The knitted component also includes a base portion configured to be disposed adjacent the sole structure and to be disposed under a foot. The knitted component further includes a heel portion, a forefoot portion, a medial portion, and a lateral portion. The knitted component additionally includes a collar with a rim. The second edge is joined to the first edge at a seam. The seam has a first end and a second end, wherein the first end is located generally at the rim of the collar on one of the medial side and the lateral side of the upper. The second end is spaced from the first end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel A. Podhajny
  • Publication number: 20140245545
    Abstract: Methods of manufacturing a knitted component for an article of footwear that include knitting an upper with an integral knit tongue during a knitting process on a knitting machine are described. The knitting process forms the integral knit tongue of unitary knit construction with the upper so that the integral knit tongue extends through a throat area of the knitted component. The integral knit tongue can include raised elements formed of unitary knit construction with the tongue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Adrian Meir, Daniel A. Podhajny, Daren P. Tatler
  • Publication number: 20140245578
    Abstract: “Tinkles” (also known as “gotchas”) (see reference number 20 in FIGS. 1 and 2) are portions of knitted metal loops produced when a tube of knitted wire mesh is cut into individual pieces. In the prior art, tinkles have been considered a fact of life and the approach has been to try to shake them out of the mesh or immobilize them on or in the mesh. By producing a knitted tube (11) having alternating segments (12,13) of knitted rows of yarn and knitted rows of wire, completely tinkle-free knitted socks are produced which are used to produce completely tinkle-free knitted wire mesh filters. Knitted wire mesh filters that cannot release tinkles because they do not have any tinkles can be used in such applications as fuel filters and airbag filters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: ACS INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: George Greenwood
  • Publication number: 20140245634
    Abstract: An upper for an article of footwear includes a knitted component having unitary knit construction. The knitted component has a base portion configured to be disposed adjacent the sole structure. The knitted component also includes one or more side portions that extend from the base portion. Furthermore, the knitted component can have at least a first edge and a second edge that are joined at a seam to define a void that receives a foot. Additionally, the upper can include a tensile strand that extends through a passage defined between an exterior surface and an interior surface of the base portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: NIKE, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20140237861
    Abstract: A knitted component for an article of footwear having a vertically inlaid tensile element is described. The vertically inlaid tensile element extends along a direction that is vertical or at an angle to the direction of the knitting process of the knitted component. A method of knitting the knitted component includes placing a quantity of a tensile element into an auxiliary element of the knitted component and vertically inlaying a tensile element by using needles of a knitting machine to hold the tensile element by loops while the remaining portion of the knitted component is formed. As the knitted component is formed along a horizontal direction on the needles of the knitting machine, the tensile element spools out from within the auxiliary element to form the vertically inlaid tensile element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Nike, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20140223967
    Abstract: The present invention provides a device (1) for locking and unlocking an elongate tubular element (2), the device comprising: a. A braided or knitted tubular locking sleeve (3) that has a first end (3a) and a second end (3b), and that has an inlet orifice (4) for allowing said elongate tubular element (2) into it, and an outlet orifice (5) for allowing said elongate tubular element (2) out of it; b. Fastener means (6) for fastening said locking sleeve (3) to a support (7); and c. Tensioner means (8) for tensioning said locking sleeve (3) along a substantially rectilinear path (L) making it possible to lock said elongate tubular element (2) inside said locking sleeve (3) between said inlet orifice (4) and said outlet orifice (5), said tensioner means (8) being deactivatable manually, and/or by using deactivation means (9), for unlocking said elongate tubular element (2) to enable it to slide inside the internal volume of the locking sleeve (3) and through said inlet orifice (4) and said outlet orifice (5).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Cousin Trestec
    Inventors: Stéphane Prouvost, Tanguy Le Gall, Valery Dalle, Julien Barnet
  • Patent number: 8772187
    Abstract: Auxetic fabric structures, of the sort which can be useful in conjunction with composite materials, and related methods of fabrication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: University of Massachusetts
    Inventors: Samuel C. Ugbolue, Yong K. Kim, Steven B. Warner, Qinguo Fan, Chen-Lu Yang, Olena Kyzymchuk
  • Patent number: 8746014
    Abstract: A biocompatible surgical silk mesh prosthetic device employs a knit pattern that substantially prevents unraveling and preserves the stability of the mesh device, especially when the mesh device is cut. An example prosthetic device employs a knitted mesh including at least two yarns laid in a knit direction and engaging each other to define a plurality of nodes. The at least two yarns include a first yarn and a second yarn extending between and forming loops about two nodes. The second yarn has a higher tension at the two nodes than the first yarn. the second yarn substantially prevents the first yarn from moving at the two nodes and substantially prevents the knitted mesh from unraveling at the nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Allergan, Inc.
    Inventor: Enrico Mortarino
  • Publication number: 20140144190
    Abstract: Articles of footwear may have an upper that includes a knit element and a tongue. The knit element defines a portion of an exterior surface and an opposite interior surface of the upper, with the interior surface defining a void for receiving a foot. The tongue is formed of unitary knit construction with the knit element and extends through a throat area of the upper. Methods of manufacturing a knitted component for an article of footwear may include knitting a tongue. The tongue is held on needles of a knitting machine. A first portion of a knit element is formed with the knitting machine while the tongue is held on the needles. The tongue is then joined to the first portion of the knit element. Additionally, a second portion of the knit element is formed with the knitting machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Nike, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20140137434
    Abstract: An article of footwear may include a knitted component formed of unitary knit construction. The knitted component includes a sock portion and a tongue portion. The sock portion has a hollow structure (a) forming an ankle opening in a heel region of the footwear and (b) extending between the heel region and a forefoot region of the footwear to define a void within the footwear for receiving a foot. The tongue portion has an elongate configuration (a) extending through at least a portion of a length of a throat area of the upper and (b) including two knit layers that lay adjacent to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: NIKE, INC.
    Inventor: Kenneth T. Craig
  • Publication number: 20140137606
    Abstract: A method for making a seamless knit belt including forming two longitudinal rib sections that are formed from a different material than the body of the belt. The rib sections are formed during the tubular knitting process and then the body of the knit composite is run through a polymeric treating system. After the body is treated, the rib sections are trimmed from the edges and the resulting product is a coated seamless knit belt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: HABASIT AG
    Inventor: Eun Kyung Lee
  • Publication number: 20140137433
    Abstract: An article of footwear may include an upper having a knitted component formed of unitary knit construction. The knitted component includes a collar portion and a throat portion. The collar portion has a cylindrical configuration and the throat portion extends outward from the collar portion. In some configurations, the collar portion and the throat portion form (a) a first area of an exterior surface of the upper and (b) a first area of an interior surface of the upper. The upper may also include a cover component secured to the knitted component and forming (a) a second area of the exterior surface of the upper and (b) a second area of the interior surface of the upper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: NIKE, INC.
    Inventor: Kenneth T. Craig
  • Publication number: 20140116568
    Abstract: Disclosed is a net knitting method. The knitting method comprises: leading multiple first thread materials (3a) and second thread materials (3b) through first rotating members (13a?, 13b?, 13c?) and second rotating members (13a?, 13b?, 13c?) respectively, and cyclically and repeatedly performing the foregoing process through a step of rotating the first rotating members and the second rotating members simultaneously for an odd number of half circles and a step of staggering a first base (11?) and a second base (11?), so as to form an obliquely knitted net. The knitting method can improve the structural strength of the net.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventor: Chung-Ping Chen
  • Publication number: 20140041141
    Abstract: A stable finely knitted fabric is disclosed which includes a plurality of yarns including filaments of about 1.5 denier or less. The yarns are knitted into a fabric using a right-leaning top triangle (RTT) pattern. The fabric includes a face side having a plurality of parallel and elongated ridges and a back side having a smooth surface without elongated ridges. The fabric exhibits a wicking action from the smooth side to the ridged side of the fabric and excellent absorption. Further, the fabric may be used as a liquid applicator, when an absorbant liquid reservoir layer is added to the back side, as channels of air between the ridges increase liquid flow from the back side to the face side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventor: George Clarke
  • Patent number: 8607593
    Abstract: A method for making a seamless knit belt including forming two longitudinal rib sections that are formed from a different material than the body of the belt. The rib sections are formed during the tubular knitting process and then the body of the knit composite is run through a polymeric treating system. After the body is treated, the rib sections are trimmed from the edges and the resulting product is a coated seamless knit belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Habasit AG
    Inventor: Eun Kyung Lee
  • Patent number: 8590345
    Abstract: Articles of footwear include a textile upper member with an exterior constructed from knitted textile material, the exterior including a region with stability ribs and a second unribbed region. The region(s) having stability ribs may be located, for example: along a lateral midfoot side of the upper member; along a forefoot portion of the upper member; and/or along a medial midfoot side of the upper member. Other articles of footwear include an upper member having exterior and interior textile elements joined together in a stitchless manner at the foot-receiving opening of the upper member. The exterior surface of this upper member also may include one or more regions with stability structures. The stitchless textile engagement techniques can provide a smooth, non-bulky, and breathable joint that does not require thick layers of textile material in contact with or adjacent the wearer's foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Susan L. Sokolowski, Susanne Amalie Wolf-Hochdoerffer
  • Publication number: 20130261785
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an article of footwear includes providing a knitting machine having a processor programmed to cause the knitting machine to knit a wool pile fabric having a plurality of footwear components and simultaneously knitting wool fibers and a scrim to form the wool pile fabric including the footwear components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: DECKERS OUTDOOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nathan Crary, Zihao Dong
  • Publication number: 20130245757
    Abstract: Methods for determining suitability of an implantable silk scaffold for use in human soft tissue repair by implanting a silk scaffold in a quadruped. The silk scaffold is completely or essentially completely bioresorbed by twelve months after implantation, the silk scaffold (to the extent remaining) with ingrown tissue shows at least about a 60% strength increase by 12 months after implantation, and the thickness of the silk scaffold (to the extent remaining) with ingrown tissue increases by more than 100% by 12 months after implantation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: ALLERGAN, INC.
    Inventors: Gregory H. Altman, Enrico Mortarino, Raymond E. Olsen
  • Publication number: 20130239625
    Abstract: Methods of manufacturing a knitted component for an article of footwear that include knitting an upper with an integral knit tongue during a knitting process on a knitting machine are described. The knitting process forms the integral knit tongue of unitary knit construction with the upper so that the integral knit tongue extends through a throat area of the knitted component. The integral knit tongue can include raised elements formed of unitary knit construction with the tongue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Adrian Meir, Daniel A. Podhajny, Daren P. Tatler
  • Publication number: 20130224408
    Abstract: A knit sleeve for an oil dip stick tube, combination thereof, method of construction thereof and method of dampening the vibration of an oil dip stick tube is provided. The knit sleeve includes a circumferentially continuous, closed knit tubular wall extending between opposite ends with a pair of end sections adjacent the opposite ends and a midsection extending between the end sections. The end sections include heat-shrinkable yarn to allow the end sections to be heat-shrunk into a fixed relation about the oil dip stick tube. The midsection includes generally rigid, circumferentially extending, non-heat-shrinkable yarn to maintain the midsection having a circular configuration about the oil dip stick tube with an annular gap extending between the oil dip stick tube and an inner surface of the midsection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventors: Cassie M. Malloy, Christophe Brassenx, Zhonghuai Zhang, Linwood Ludy, Tianqi Gao
  • Publication number: 20130211496
    Abstract: The subject-matter of the invention relates to a knitted tube (100), in particular a stent (110) to be inserted into arterial blood vessels, comprising at least one circular knitted article (103) configured as knitted fabric as well as a method for producing a knitted tube (100), in particular a stent (110) to be inserted into arterial blood vessels, comprising the steps: production of a circular knitted article (103) configured as knitted fabric, wherein the produced circular knitted article (103) is reversed so that the originally internal side (106) of the circular knitted article (107) is arranged outside.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventor: Alfred Buck
  • Patent number: 8505339
    Abstract: A knit sleeve and method of construction thereof is provided. The knit sleeve is constructed including a knit tubular wall and at least one knit tubular extension attached to the wall. Further, a barrier member is disposed in the at least one knit tubular extension. The at least one knit tubular extension and the barrier member are foldable at least partially about the knit tubular wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul Powertrain, Inc.
    Inventors: Cassie Malloy, Zhong Haui Zhang
  • Patent number: 8461065
    Abstract: A touch-fastening anti-skidding material includes a knitted foundation layer and a plurality of synthetic yarns that is secured together by being collectively knitted in the foundation layer. The foundation layer is formed by knitting of pliable base yarns and synthetic yarns. The synthetic yarns are knitted in U-shaped loops and the base yarns are knitted between adjacent strands of the knitted synthetic yarns to make a large area cloth. The cloth may be in a planar form without hollow opening sections or it includes open sections to facilitate air permeability. The loops of the synthetic yarns have legs extending beyond the foundation layer by a predetermined length and the synthetic yarns show rigidity strength, whereby a flexible, resilient, light-weighted, and low-cost touch-fastening anti-skidding material is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Formosa Saint Jose Corp.
    Inventor: Yang Ming-Shun
  • Patent number: 8443634
    Abstract: Textile-based electrodes incorporating graduated patterns include a fabric portion having non-conductive yarns and an electrically conductive region having electrically conductive yarn filaments. The electrodes can further include float yarns and can be configured in a textured or ribbed construction. When incorporated into a garment, the electrodes can be used to monitor biophysical characteristics, such as the garment wearer's heart rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Textronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Kimberly Scheffler, Keith Sherrill
  • Patent number: 8418508
    Abstract: Isoelastic porous meshes useful in hernia repair have pores that remain open under physiological loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Sofradim Production
    Inventors: Julie Lecuivre, Karine Trogneux